Amazon has ordered a new series based on the best-selling novel The Power.
Written and created by award-winning British author Naomi Alderman, The Power is based on Alderman’s international best-selling novel and will be produced by Sister Pictures (Chernobyl, Cleaning Up, The Split, The Bisexual).
Among President Barack Obama’s list of his favourite books from 2017, the book introduced us a new world like ours, but for one twist of nature. Suddenly, and without warning, all teenage girls in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. It’s hereditary, it’s inbuilt, and it can’t be taken away from them. The series will follow its cast of remarkable characters from London to Arizona, Nigeria to Moldova, as the Power evolves from a tingle in teenagers’ collarbones to a complete reversal of the power balance of the world. Everything’s about to change, for everyone.
Shot on location around the world, the series will be produced by Tim Bricknell (Trust, Taboo) and Executive Produced by Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Chernobyl, Utopia), Naomi de Pear (The Bisexual, Flowers), Naomi Alderman and Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale), who will also direct. Amazon’s announcement of the commission includes mention of a “first season and beyond”, suggesting that the creators have the intention building this, not unlike The Handmaid’s Tale, into a multi-season saga that may or may not deviate from the book’s conclusion.
“The Power is a timely, provocative series that will powerfully resonate with the book’s passionate fans worldwide,” says Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “We’re delighted to be working with renowned writer Naomi Alderman, the talented team at Sister Pictures led by Jane Featherstone and the visionary Reed Morano, to bring this thrilling, multi-layered series to our Prime Video members around the world.”
“I’m thrilled beyond words that The Power will be broadcast around the world by Amazon,” adds Naomi Alderman. “Jennifer Salke and her team have had a huge and obvious passion for the project from the very first meeting – as well as a vision for how the show can reach the widest possible audience. The story is a global one, about the lives of women and men everywhere in the world, so I’m hugely excited that The Power will be sparking conversation and debate essentially… everywhere. We’re going to make something revolutionary and, dare I say it, electrifying.”
“From the moment we read Naomi Alderman’s propulsive, illuminating and ground-breaking novel, the whole team at Sister Pictures knew we wanted to work with her to bring it to life,” comments Executive Producers Jane Featherstone and Naomi de Pear, Sister Pictures. “We are so delighted that together we have found our home at Amazon and the perfect director in Reed, where we will be able to make a show that foregrounds Naomi’s extraordinary characters as they journey through the biggest reversal in human history.”
“Naomi’s story is like nothing I’ve seen and made me feel things so viscerally that I have honestly never felt,” says Morano. “I cannot wait to dig deep with Naomi, Sister Pictures, and Amazon Studios into this profound and masterful vision of the complex dynamics of our world reversed.”